Backyard Burning

Burning-off, even in incinerators, in the North Sydney Council local government area is illegal, except in certain cases.

Burning wood and rubbish in open fires and incinerators can cause smoke, which is a major cause of air pollution. It can harm the environment and your health. For more information in this regard download the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010 below.

To protect public health and the environment, there are only certain situations when fires can be lit in the North Sydney Council area. These are:

  • for hazard reduction work under the Rural Fires Act 1997
  • for recreational purposes such as barbecues or camping
  • for agricultural purposes (other than construction)
  • for fire fighting training provided by an official fire control officer, or
  • if you have approval from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

No-burn Notices or Total Fire Bans override any permits obtained. If you are planning to light an outside fire you should check with OEH, your local council or the NSW Rural Fire Service to make sure your fire is legal.

For more information call OEH's Environment Line on 131 555


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